Carla DewBerry practices in the areas of health care law; mergers and acquisitions; and federal, state and local tax. Ms. DewBerry represents health care clients in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement matters, including related audits and litigation. In addition, she is an experienced tax and business counselor and represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, joint venture operations, licensing, and federal and state taxation matters. She provides counsel for clients outside the health care industry as well.
Ms. DewBerry's experience includes working as a practicing CPA at a large accounting firm where she was part of a firmwide health care group. She brings to her law practice a practical, in-depth understanding of how financial information is generated, stored and retrieved in the health care industry. This understanding is especially helpful in Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement matters.
Whidbey General Hospital vs. State of Washington Department of Revenue — Established that payments under the CHAMPUS program are not payments under an employee benefit plan for purposes of the Washington State business and occupations tax.
Capital Medical Center et. al v. Department of Social and Health Services — Successfully represented 26 hospitals in litigation against the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services in challenging the calculation of disproportionate hospital share payments (“DSH”) under the Medically Indigent (“MI”) program .
Transfer of nursing facility in crisis to non-profit entity — The goal of this project was to preserve community access to a nursing facility that was in crisis. The facility served a large Medicaid population Through collaborative efforts of federal, state and local government, the facility was purchased by the non-profit entity and has since been recognized as a high quality center which continues to serve its community. Completion of the project required lawyering as to HUD loans, bankruptcy, commercial lending, facility licensing, Medicaid enrollment and CHOWs, and state lending of credit issues.